A nip and a tuck, a pinch and a squeeze. We all have a little something we’d like to fix, and your smile is no exception. Maybe it’s a crooked tooth or two, or perhaps you’ve seen some significant shifting since your teenage “metal mouth” days. Whatever the case, clear aligners can be an easy, discreet and effective way to regain the smile of your dreams.
How do clear aligners work?
Clear aligners work much like braces in that they incrementally move your teeth into the proper position over time. The advantage of clear aligners is that they are invisible and removable, making them easier to adapt to your lifestyle. Considered a mild orthodontic treatment, clear aligners move teeth into the ideal position using a series of increasingly straight, customized trays that fit over your teeth. These aligners are designed specifically for your mouth based on 3-D impressions and images of your teeth (no messy molds!). Each aligner is used for approximately 2 weeks before progressing to the next.
Aligners are commonly used on both adults and teens to correct:
- Crowded teeth
- Open Bite
- Gap teeth
- Minor alignment or cosmetic issues
For optimum results, patients need to wear their clear aligners overnight and for the majority of the day; however, they can be easily removed for eating, drinking, social engagements and regular oral care, getting you to that beautiful smile without any wires or braces. The ability to remove the aligners results in more effective brushing and flossing, as well as reduced mouth soreness. Treatment plans can range anywhere from 10 months to 2 years, depending on your individual circumstances.
Because most adults associate metal braces with their uncomfortable and awkward teen years, many people are hesitant to use braces to correct their smile, making clear aligners an ideal choice. The benefits of aligners over braces include:
- An invisible, almost unnoticeable look
- Increased comfort
- Visible results that can be compared as you move from one aligner to the next
- Shorter length of treatment (on average, aligners work 5 months faster than braces)
- Less plaque and better periodontal health
- Overall better oral health since there are no wires to break and poke inside your mouth
See if clear aligners are right for you
LifeSmiles by Dr. Randy Mitchmore uses the industry-leading aligners that provide premier dental care in a relaxing, anxiety-free environment. To discuss how clear aligners can improve your smile, contact us today.